Native plants are those that grow naturally in an area. With the modern adoption of manicured “perfect” lawns, many people who have grown up in the US have been trained to view native plants as "weeds." However, in the United States there are over 18,000 different native plant species to choose from, giving use many beautiful native plants that one can put around their home and garden. Your landscaping choices can have a meaningful or a destructive effect on wildlife population, and on the environment and ecology.
Benefits of Using Native Plants
Native plants are prepared to live local climate, soil types and wildlife. These plants are adapted to Texas' hot climate and require less water and have higher heat tolerance than exotic species. This will not only help you save money on your water bill, but will help with conserving water as well.
Native plants also have developed natural defenses against pests and diseases, requiring less pesticides to use in your gardens or home.. They also require less fertilizer, which reducing the risk of these toxins from getting in our waterways.
Many wildlife species look at native plants in the region as homes to survive. These plants and animals have evolved together, creating a dependent life cycle that rely on each other to survive. Native plants not only serve a huge importance for the ecosystem but for biodiversity in that ecosystem. Discover what native plan grow in your area and what birds the'll attract using Audubon's native plant database.
Texas native plants give people the experience and connect with Texas' unique, natural heritage.
The Harm of Using Exotic Plants
Your landscaping choices can have a meaningful or a destructive effect on wildlife population, and on the environment and ecology. Exotic plants from other countries can sever the food web and can even become invasive, pushing out the habitat for natural plants and species. Non-native plants cannot house or feed a large variety of bugs and birds like native plants can. Ecological restoration is in your hands. Do your part and discover which native plants can grow in your area using Audubon's native plant database.